Oakdale’s 4-H and FFA members had a good showing at the 2009 Stanislaus County Fair, which recently wrapped its annual run. Oakdale FFA members exhibited sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, market goats, swine, and rabbits at this year’s county fair. While many members placed in the tops of their classes, due to space only champions and first places are listed.
The Supreme Champion Market Lamb was exhibited by Oakdale FFA’s Makayla Spaman. She also exhibited the FFA Reserve Champion Hampshire market lamb.
Bryce Gerhardt had the FFA Champion Hampshire Market Lamb and the FFA Champion Natural Color Market Lamb.
In breeding sheep competition, Spaman exhibited the Grand Champion Breeding Ewe. She also exhibited beef cattle at the fair.
In breeding beef, Amanda Moore exhibited the Grand Champion Bull, Reserve Grand Champion Bull, and Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Heifer.
In market beef competition, Nick Moore had first place in Beef Market Class.
In FFA beef showmanship, Amanda Moore won first place in the Advanced division and moved on to participate in Master Showmanship, where she placed third. Nick Moore won first place in Freshmen Beef Showmanship and moved up to Advanced Beef Showmanship where he placed third.
Ryan Lang exhibited the FFA Reserve Champion All Other Breeds Market Swine. Travis Lehfeldt had the FFA Reserve Champion Hampshire Market Swine. Lainey Smith, Chase Mahan, and Kori Laudel each received a first place in market swine class with their hogs.
In swine showmanship, Travis Lehfeldt earned first place in the Freshmen division and then moved up to the Advanced division, where he placed third.
In rabbit competition, John Traini had the FFA Champion Single Fryer. He also won first place in Advanced Rabbit Showmanship. He also exhibited a market hog at the fair.
The Oakdale FFA Chapter also took first place awards for the breeding beef chapter group, the breeding sheep chapter group, and clean barn for beef. The chapter took second place in market lamb chapter group and for the market swine chapter group.
In 4-H exhibit buildings competition, Sierra 4-H members Denise Thompson and Tiffany Thompson each won Best of Show awards for their decorated cakes, Denise with “Waterslides” and Tiffany with “Caterpillar.”
Denise Thompson also won Best of Show awards for a Coordinated Outfit and for Canned Peaches. Tiffany Thompson also won Best of Show with a Reversible Apron. Melissa Thompson won Best of Show in photography with a flower photo.